The Beacon of Light is a unique activity hub, consisting of engaging and interactive zones that host activities in education, health and fitness, sport and play and the world of work. The scheme stacks a roof-top ‘Football Barn’ under a lightweight umbrella structure, on top of shared community and education facilities and a controlled, insulated box, housing the sports hall. The arrangement minimises the overall footprint, maximising the external space for the 5 a side pitches facing the bend in the River Wear, and creates height, allowing an assertive addition to the adjacent pool and stadium buildings, and emphasis as a regional beacon.
This scheme has won a RIBA North East Award 2019.
This event is part of our Great British Buildings series of talks and tours around the country.